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The Flaneur: Letter from Jogibara Village

Photo by Liz Highleyman.

A storm blew through these mountains a few hours ago, freshly icing the peaks and knocking the power out again.

It was a big storm. Unseasonably violent winds, heavens full of thunder, trees tossing around like raptured spirits. And now like so many times before since moving to the Himalayas, I’m writing in candlelight again. Continue Reading…

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Legends: Searching for Peng Jiamu

The Lop Nor desert has been the death of hundreds. But Chinese biochemist Peng Jiamu seized the opportunity to explore and study its mysteries, writing, “I have a strong wish to explore the frontiers. I have the courage to pave a way in the wilderness.” Now, 34 years after going missing on his final research mission in Lop Nor, his body has never been found. Continue Reading…

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En Route: Soweto by Bike

Photo by Sam Nzima.

A beautiful summer day in 2004. As Thebe, whose name rhymes with tempeh rather than echoing the great Greek city, and the white man cycled through the streets of Soweto, one of the many townships reserved for non-whites during Apartheid, the latter noticed that while everyone was exceptionally friendly, many of the residents looked at him with eyes of utter wonder. Thebe noticed them looking at the white man like this too, and he just laughed.

“Say Thebe, why are people looking at me like that?” the white man finally asked. “Probably because they’ve never seen a white man go through Soweto on a bicycle.” Continue Reading…

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You Are Here: Bird Bridge

Photo by Rob Corder.

The original Bay Bridge stretches between Oakland and San Francisco, massive and skeletal. It served as the Bay’s spine for 87 years. But after a chunk of the upper deck crashed onto the lower deck during the 1980 Loma Prieta earthquake, the State of California determined the bridge unsound. It took 33 years to build an earthquake-proof bridge in its place. Continue Reading…

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Somewhere in Spain

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Nowhere contributor, Lanna Apisukh traveled to Madrid and Segovia in the height of summertime and experienced sunsets as late as 10pm, fresh gazpacho and the rich cultural history of central Spain.

Lanna Apisukh has been taking photos for the past 20 years.  She lives in New York City and enjoys documenting everything from her daily subway commute to the scrappy bodega cats in her neighborhood. Her photos have been published on GothamistBrooklyn Vegan and most notably, Nowhere Magazine.

 

 

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In The Field: Skylark Birdsong

Photo by Paula Machin. 

If it is summer and you are walking down a road in rural Europe, listen for the skylarks in the open fields. You may not see the bird, but you will hear his song: an aria without breath. And if you are lucky enough to spot him through the lens of your binoculars, you will see the bulge of his throat as he rises in the midst of song. He must end soon, you think, but he continues on. Continue Reading…

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You Are Here: Dalai Lama

Photo by Kris Krug.

“The Dalai Lama is having a public audience.”

These were the first words I heard upon arrival to McLeod Ganj, India, exile home of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The strong smell of burning incense and Tibetan momos filled my nose, taxis and rickshaws noisily whirred by as I became enlightened to the magnitude of this little boy’s grandiose statement. I had been working in and traveling India for the past 7 months on trains and buses, fighting aggressive strangers and rabid pick-pockets along the way. Upper Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj), was to be my last stop before returning home to the West. I hopped off the bus and was greeted by an Indian boy with kind eyes and acid-washed skinny jeans. Continue Reading…

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Shelter: World’s Tallest Slum

Photo by Saúl Briceño.

The unfinished tower soars above Caracas’s financial district. Below its half-glassed windows the city spreads, magnificent. This view was meant for wealthy bankers, in offices with glossy tables and heavy paperweights whirring with the activity of a booming economy, but has instead become the privilege of schoolteachers, taxi drivers, auto mechanics and even policemen who are carving out a life on their own terms in the vacuum of a collapsed economy and a government that fails to meet their needs. Continue Reading…

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Expats: Pobre Culis

Photo by Delznaga.

Cuba’s most famous cigar roller is nicknamed Chinita (little Chinese girl) despite her rather robust frame and Philippine roots. Tiger Balm is one of the most accredited cures for just about anything. And Chinese flora pervades the landscape. Continue Reading…

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Cast Iron Camping

Out under the night skies in Big Sur after a long day of hiking and setting up camp, you may get a hankering for something other than trail mix and granola bars. Two friends of Nowhere trekked to Kirk Creek campground overlooking the Pacific and made a campfire pizza using a pie iron. Pie irons, which look like a thick metal flyswatter, are made of two cast iron squares that hook together on a long metal handle for placing it deep into the campfire. Watch the video they made of their trip and tips for making your own pie iron campfire pizza. Continue Reading…

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